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  • December 18, 2017 12:20 PM GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- A starter throughout much of his career, Jeff Green is adjusting to the role coming off the bench in his first season with the Orlando Magic.But there have been nights so far this season when it has all seemed so natural for the versatile veteran. Green certainly appeared in his element Saturday night as he knocked down several big shots as part of a second-unit that helped the Magic overcome a 12-point third-quarter deficit to come away with an 88-86 win over the Washington Wizards at home.Green led his team with 18 points off the bench as the Magic improved to .500 with its third straight win after starting the season 0-3.My job is to just go play basketball, said Green, who scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter. It doesnt matter if I come off the bench, start, play five minutes, play 30 minutes. My job is the same. I just have to be aggressive with the minutes I play.Im just finding my rhythm and thats what its all about.Green, who is playing behind Aaron Gordon at the small forward spot, led the second unit which provided energy in both the first and second halves to pull the Magic out of double-digit deficits. The bench, which also includes Bismack Biyombo, D.J. Augustin and Mario Hezonja was so impressive that Frank Vogel left them in the game down the critical stretch as the Wizards threatened.Biyombo was huge in the paint on the defensive end, coming up with 12 rebounds and three big block shots to energize the team. Hezonja, a second-year swingman, finally broke out of his slump, by scoring eight of his nine points in the fourth quarter on clutch baskets.Thats what we need from the second unit, come in with a lot energy, scoring mentality and just be more aggressive, said Evan Fournier, who finished with 13 points.Vogel admitted that second-unit gave the team a much-needed lift.We road some of those guys out the rest of the game because of their first-quarter energy and obviously they got going late into the third and into the fourth, said Vogel, whose team has won back-to-back games at home. So credit those guys for turning the game around.The Wizards (1-4), who were playing without point guard John Wall, struggled to come up with shots down the stretch even though Markieff Morris came close to knocking down a game-winning 3-point shot at the buzzer. Morris led the team with 18 points while Bradley Beal added 15.A few missed defensive assignments, said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. They hit some 3s. They got some breaks.TIP-INS:Wizards: As expected, Wall did not play in Saturday nights game against Magic. He is not playing in back-to-back night games while still recovering from offseason surgery on both knees. Rookie Tomas Satoransky started in his place and veteran Trey Burke served as the backup.Magic: Orlando had lost 12 straight games to the Washington Wizards entering Saturday nights game. ... The Magic entered Saturday night averaging 13.2 offensive rebounds per game, which ranks second in the NBA. ... The Magic debuted their new dark grey uniforms.WATCHING IBAKA SURGEWizards coach Scott Brooks had a front seat view of Serge Ibakas transition from Spain to the NBA when the Seattle Supersonics (Oklahoma City Thunder) drafted him in 2009 and Brooks was the head coach. Ibaka was a talented player but didnt speak English initially so explaining what he wanted from Ibaka was a challenge for Brooks.My first (go-around) with him was very interesting, Brooks said. We didnt know how to communicate. Even on the basketball court the first couple of months it was very difficult but I give Serge a lot of credit. He came and took English lessons and really challenged himself to pick up the language.UP NEXTWizards: Washington returns home to face the Houston Rockets on Monday.Magic: Orlando plays at the Chicago Bulls on Monday at the United Center. Cyber Monday Raiders Jerseys . Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. Authentic Raiders Jerseys . After dropping their final six games of December, the Wild opened the new calendar year with four consecutive wins. Following a loss to Colorado on Saturday, Minnesota rebounded the following night to blank Nashville 4-0, but then had the tables turned on them Tuesday. http://www.cheapraidersjerseys.net/ . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. Cheap Raiders Jerseys .com) - Following a late-game loss to the reigning NBA champs, the Toronto Raptors will look to sustain their recent high-level play as they travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers. Wholesale Raiders Jerseys . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. South Korea owns League of Legends.Well, technically, North America does, as developer Riot Games was founded and based in Los Angeles, California, but lets be straightforward: the South Koreans are the true owners of the game. Of the last four Summoners Cup Finals -- the pinnacle of a years worth of games across the globe -- five of the eight finalists have been South Korean teams.This year, its the same story: if one of the three South Korean teams dont hoist the Summoners Cup at the finals come the end of October, its going to be a disappointment. Both finalists from last years event, SK Telecom T1 and ROX Tigers, are back to continue their intense rivalry, and Samsung Galaxy, the organization that won the 2014 World Championship, is back at Worlds after a lengthy two-year rebuild.Before the South Korean clubs begin their campaign to make it a four-peat, lets take a walk down memory lane.Season 1No team(s)Oh look, the only Summoners Cup without a South Korean team in the finals was the one where there were none competing in it. I am shocked and amazed the only tournament where a European team made it to the finish line is one neither South Korea nor China competed in.And even with those shortened odds, a North American team still didnt make the finals. Ouch.Season 2Azubu Frost: 2nd NaJin Sword: 5th-8thThe only year where South Korean teams participated but didnt win the Summoners Cup was also its first. After starting up its domestic league known at the time as OGN Champions (now simply LCK), the stage was set for the South Koreans to make their mark as a nation at the World Championships. After the meteoric success of StarCraft: Brood War in the late 90s and early 00s which began the competitive gaming boom in South Korea, League of Legends was seen as the successor.Azubu Frost was expected to make Worlds since the inception of professional League of Legends teams in South Korea, but its qualifying partner that year, NaJin Sword, was a surprise. Azubu Blaze, the winners of the first season of OGN Champions, was expected to make it to the international stage and possibly face its sister team in the Summoners Cup Finals. To the shock of fans, Blaze was upset in the Regional final by the over-aggressive, tower-diving club of NaJin Sword.At Worlds, NaJin was hit-and-miss. It breezed through the group stages, beating all three teams it was pitted up against. But the team wasnt able to make the semifinals after getting in the first round of the bracket stage versus the Taiwanese upstarts, Taipei Assassins. Sword would be most fondly remembered for its captain Yoon MakNooN Ha-woon, whose lighthearted personality outside the game and devil-may-care inside it charmed the Los Angeles crowds.Frost accomplished what was expected of them in making the Summoners Cup Finals. One of the heavy favorites entering the tournament alongside the likes of Russias Moscow 5, a South Korean and European final appeared to be on the docket. Yet, as it did against Sword, the Assassins eliminated the Russians from the tournament, and set up a final between TPA and Frost.At the University of Southern Californias Galen Center, TPA would make it a hat trick by beating Frost in a trio of upsets. Frost was powered by the top lane prowess of Park Shy Sang-myeon and intellect of support Hong MadLife Min-gi throughout the competition, yet were no match for the combined power of TPAs stalwart top laner Wang Stanley June Tsan and ace, Kurtis Toyz Lau.South Korea would leave the World Championships for the first (and last) time without the Summoners Cup.Season 3SK Telecom T1: Champions NaJin Black Sword: 3rd-4th Samsung Ozone: 9thThe 2013 World Championships was a weird one for South Korea.While everyone will remember the emergence of Lee Faker Sang-hyeok as the unkillable demon rookie who took the world by storm, the other South Korean teams are often lost in the shuffle.NaJin Black Sword, like the year prior, was a total wild card walking into the tournament. It won the first season of Champions after the 2012 season, but its results continued to slide as the split progressed. By the time the 2013 Worlds took place, Black Sword was considered somewhat of a fluke due to farming circuit points in the first half of the year before slumping for a majority of the summer.Samsung Ozone, like Sword, were a team that won the earlier split in the year and got in through circuit points, albeit the fact it was a much sturdier team than its counterpart. Ozone, however, would become the only South Korean team to never make it out of the group stages when it lost to Gambit Gaming in a tiebreaker. A lot of the blame for Samsungs disconnection at Worlds pointed towards the teams sale from the MVP organization to Samsung. The team also attempted to upgrade its top lane by starting an untested rookie in the group stages, Jang Looper Hyeong-seok, and moving its former starter, Yoon Homme Sung-young, to coaching status. Looper performed well in his debut; his Singed play was the highlight of the tournament for Ozone, but the rest of the team around him faltered.Black Sword did much better than it was expected to. NaJin eliminated Gambit in the quarterfinals to exact a bit of revenge for Samsung, and then it went toe-to-toe with SK Telecom T1 in the semifinals. Rookie mid laner Kim Nagne Sang-moon starred on Gragas for the first half of the series, putting Black Sword a single win away from the finals; however, after T1 was able to get a feel for the matchup, it banned out the Gragas, and Nagne became ineffective in the final two games that let the tournament favorites of T1 make it to the Summoners Cup Final.SKT T1, before beeating NaJin, had an eventful group stage where it only dropped a single game to Chinas OMG.dddddddddddd The mid matchup between South Koreas MVP Faker and Chinas MVP Yu Cool Jia-Jun was seen as the storyline of the tournament, and a final between the two teams seemed to be a fitting finale after going 1-1 in the group stages. Alas, OMG got upset by fellow Chinese team Royal Club in the quarterfinals, and it would eventually be an SK Telecom T1 vs. Royal Club Summoners Cup Final.Royal Club was led by the AD carry of the tournament, Jian Uzi Zi-Hao, a young prodigy like Faker who was heralded for his raw individual skill. In the finals, though, it was no contest: SK Telecom T1 dismantled Royal in an anticlimactic sweep, and Faker ascended to the throne as the worlds best player with his teammates beside him.Season 4Samsung White: Champions Samsung Blue: 3rd-4th NaJin White Shield: 5th-8thIt was Azubu Blaze in 2012, KT Bullets in 2013 and SK Telecom T1 in 2014. Similar to NaJin Black Sword the year prior, SK Telecom T1 dominated at the start of the year but began to falter before ultimately succumbing to elimination in the South Korean Regionals.The expected Summoners Cup Final was an all-Samsung affair between Samsung Blue and Samsung White. Although White were never able to defeat its sister team, it was still seen as the bigger threat. Formerly known as Ozone, the team came into Worlds with the mindset of making up for 2013s embarrassment, and it did just that with its boa constrictor style of play, choking out opposing teams with not only stronger lanes but superior vision and map control. Blue, the opposite of White, was an average laning team but more than made up for its early game faults by being the best teamfighting club in the world come late game.NaJin White Shield, the oddball of the South Korean trio, was the unlikely winner of the Korean Regionals. The team, which only made a single domestic final the entire year (and lost to Blue) got its act together for the king-of-the-hill format of the Regionals and upended the reigning Korean champion KT Rolster Arrows and defending world champion SKT T1 to make it into the field of 16.White was the master of vision and bending opponents to its will. Blue was the master of teamfighting. NaJin White Shield ... were the eccentric cousin, who specialized in being unpredictable and even sometimes rotating their mid lane and top lane depending on the matchups.White Shield failed at Worlds. It got through the group stages, but was shellacked by OMG in the quarterfinals. Blue and White, on the other hand, went according to plan, and won their respective groups. In the quarterfinals, the Samsung family played against the North American duo of Cloud9 and Team SoloMid, and the result in both matches were the same: Samsung winning 3-1. Unfortunately, bracket luck wasnt on Blues side, and it ended up facing White in the semifinals.White finally got the upperhand and made it to the finals without dropping a single map to the teamfighting fanatics. Before Blue could even get to the point where its teamfighting edge would come into play, White would delete them from the map with amazing coordination in the laning phase.In the finals, for the second year in a row, Royal was waiting. While Uzi was able to gain a point on the scoreboard, taking a single game from White, it wasnt enough to make much of a difference. White won the Summoners Cup in commanding fashion.Season 5SK Telecom T1: Champions KOO Tigers: 2nd KT Rolster: 5th-8thOf course, the one year everyone slept on South Korea was the year it had by far its most successful trip to Worlds.Post 2014, many of South Koreas top stars -- the lineups of Samsung White and Blue -- left the domestic league to play in China for bigger contracts. This left the Mecca of esports in a state of limbo. SK Telecom T1 was the last bastion of hope.Faker wasnt enough to prevail against Chinas superpowered forces at the Mid-Season Invitational, losing to Edward Gaming in the finals. At Worlds, SKT T1 was still looked upon as a favorite, but EDG, along with reigning Chinese champion LGD, were seen as equal or even greater threats.At Worlds, all three South Korean teams made it out of the group stages with only the ROX Tigers missing a first-place seed into the bracket stage. The Flash Wolves of Taiwan would be the only team at the 2015 World Championships that could boast they had a winning record against a South Korean team, beating the Tigers in both group stage matchups. KT Rolster would fall to the Tigers in the quarterfinals, and SKT T1 would make quick work of the other Taiwanese squad, Ahq, in the first round of the bracket stage.The semifinals played out like regional warfare: South Korea vs. Europe. SKT T1 took care of business against Origen, and the Tigers took out Europes undefeated regular-season champion Fnatic on the other side of the bracket. That set up the first ever all-Korean Summoners Cup Final.China, who spent millions in the offseason, failed to win when it mattered the most, and none of its three representatives made it past the first round of the bracket stage.In the finals, it was -- hopefully, it changes at this years World Championship -- another flat ending. SKT T1 picked up two quick victories before Tigers captain Lee Hojin Ho-jin took a heroic, career-best game in the third set. And right when the crowd started standing firmly behind the underdog Tigers, the series ended with Faker using his signature Ryze to rip through KOOs feeble defenses. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '